EFI launches Centre for Technomoral Futures

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Centre for Technomoral Futures

EFI has launched the Centre for Technomoral Futures with an aim to design more sustainable, just and ethical models of innovation. 

The Centre is led by Professor Shannon Vallor, the University’s Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence.

As part of the University of Edinburgh’s Futures Institute, the Centre will be a home for multidisciplinary research, education and public engagement that unifies technical and moral expertise. The Centre’s unique mission is driven by the insight that effective design and governance of today’s increasingly complex social systems demands a fuller integration of technical and moral knowledge than is possible in traditional academic structures, where these typically develop in isolation from one another.

The Centre is led by Professor Shannon Vallor, the University’s Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence. Professor Vallor is an internationally-recognised philosopher of technology, an ethics advisor to leading technology companies and governments, and a passionate advocate for sustainable cultures of ethical practice across industry and public sector uses of data science, AI and robotics.

The Centre for Technomoral Futures at the University of Edinburgh’s Futures Institute is supported by an initial gift from global investment firm Baillie Gifford. The Centre will provide mentorship for the Baillie Gifford studentships in other as a cohort, adding value to the student and research experience. These students will pursue applied research projects in the ethics of data and AI applications in agriculture, medicine, social robotics, education, and finance.

More information can be found on the EFI website.